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Our aspirations for Princes Parade

The council believes that land at Princes Parade – a former municipal waste tip – has the potential to play a far more fulfilling and beneficial role in the local community than it does currently.

We want to replace our old and failing swimming pool with a pool and recreation centre fit for the 21st century.

We want everyone – especially future generations – to have the chance to buy or rent a home in Shepway by ensuring that more new homes are built. We believe high quality and affordable homes help make better places.

We aim to create new quality public places and enhance existing spaces.

To meet these aspirations, we want to build a new pool and recreation centre, and up to 150 new homes, on Princes Parade. The new homes, as well as fulfilling one of our key objectives, will help towards the high costs of the project's infrastructure and give us scope to ensure high quality and design.

Our aspiration is for a development that compliments its promenade location, is sensitive to its position in the setting of the Royal Military Canal, provides high quality open spaces, brings vibrancy to its location and improves connections between the canal and the sea.

At its meeting in April, Cabinet agreed that a planning application for the development of Princes Parade should be prepared. The planning application will be based on further detailed studies and evidence gathering.

A further report, setting out the detail and nature of the planning application, will be presented to Cabinet before the application is submitted.

There will be opportunities for you to comment further on the development through the Places and Policies Preferred Options consultation in the autumn and through the planning process when the planning application is submitted later in the year. These matters are described on the Outline Programme page.